If you don’t know what it isn’t, you know nothing about it, and I know something about you.
(Truths now lie in parentheses).
Erroneous praise versus thoughtless condemnation or avoidance. The latter alone is inexcusable.
Music to the Hegelians: one hand clapping.
Truer words have never been said, even in response to a lie.
Godly fire never shone
For brilliant spark fell but on stone.
Where hid paper, where slid pen?
What distraction stunted ken?
What grand wonders failed to be
For lack of mark or memory?
The Folly of the Tax Department: in many jurisdictions, the penalty for keeping the wealth that you produce peacefully is worse than the penalty for turning yourself in for mass murder.
It’s not so plain to see.
Do I hide you or do you hide me?
Are you this man’s soul, in manifested form?
Or does my soul shine only when you’re shorn?
drawn across my face:
Virtuous slice or bloody disgrace?
If I take you off, what then may one infer?
That I’ve naught to hide, or cherub mask prefer?
Let’s make it plain to see.
Sometimes show you, always show just me.
So I’ll groom you now, and leave me as I be,
But we’ll sever relations in a month or three.
Those who cannot remember the past condemn us to the reliving of it.
Eat of my need, drink of my want. – Man’s last supper
It is illegal to obtain or destroy a free man’s values without his consent.
Another rich man lost his shirt.
A holy roller’s name’s now dirt.
Cold and rain clouds on the run:
Ten percent chance of heat and sun.
The fix was in for the gold medal winner.
The diet you failed don’t make one thinner.
That poor woman’s child can’t walk,
Can’t swallow, can’t hear, can’t even talk.
The sold out show was a giant flop.
The fat plain singer came out on top.
A bowl of sweet lemons and sour grapes:
The yummy daily diet of irrational apes.
Peikoff, Ridpath, and – forgive me – even Brandon: Eh is Eh, eh?
“God only knows…”
I know it ain’t so.
Nobody knows nothing,
and nothing don’t know.
Live for a what, not for a when.
The day wore on and, one after another, freed of the need to pull the wagon, they happily rode upon it, until, at sunset, it ground to a halt. It would be a long, cold, night. – A Brief History of America
Space shrinks when you’re having fun.
“I think…”, it thought, as He popped into existence and it popped out.
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Keep the icons, replace their meanings, provoke the irrational, expose their falsehoods, let their memes shrivel in the hot light of reason.
I, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
Any sufficiently rational individual is indistinguishable from a wizard.
A kindness paid to the worthy kills none, but to the unworthy kills all.
While raising the flag of freedom, be willing and prepared to see it at half-mast.
Having joined the many who purchased a large tome on the case for atheism, he realized: the joke’s onus.
I think in Canada, therefore, he is.
Objectivism: The flower of freedom springs only from the soil of reality.
Libertarianism: The flower of freedom is cut from silk.
It’s never the economy, stupid.
If you set out to change someone’s mind, first ensure that he has one.
The hollowing of trees follows the hollowing of heads.
Praise to hate, condemn to love, refrain from judgment to feel nothing at all.
Every mind is a woman, every truth is a man.
Over on the National Post’s Full Comment blog, Gerry Nicholls has published what he wishes to be the “hidden agenda” of the Conservative Party of Canada, post election (should they win a majority). One of his wish list items is to “introduce free market principles into [Canada’s socialist health care] system”. He seeks a contradiction, of course (i.e., a “free market” in a state-imposed monopoly), but the mere mention of the term “free market” spurred individualist and collectivist readers to start into the old “debate” about the meaning of words like “liberty” and “freedom”. Read more
With gas prices up at around C$1.35 per litre, the release a week and a half ago of Stéphane Dion’s “Green Shift” plan to impose more taxes on middle and upper income earners is being rejected. You can see it in letters to the editor, you can read it on blogs. And the left has been left with little ability to respond to the plan’s assessment as a failure.
Of those who are neutral or positive about The Green Shift, virtually none are defending its actual content. Doing so would expose it for what it is: a proposal for a dramatic shift of earnings, from those who earn to those who do not. Instead, we are getting spirited sermons about how “green” is a freight train that cannot be stopped. The psychological strategy is obvious enough: if a proposal is too irrational and destructive to sell on its merits, tell people that no matter what the proposal is, the cultural momentum in favour of it is too great to stop its implementation.
Here are today’s disgustingly transparent examples. Read more